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Paris Hilton Leaves the Door Open for Benji Madden Reunion: ‘We speak 10 times a day. I’m not seeing anyone else’

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2008 @ 11:32 p.m. ET (BlogTalkRadio) — Sounds like the world’s most famous hotel heiress is laying out a big ole welcome mat for her ex.

“I love him very much,” Paris tells BlogTalkRadio about Benji.

“I love him very much,” Paris tells BlogTalkRadio about Benji.

Paris Hilton tells World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen that she and Benji Madden – who dumped her via voicemail two weeks ago after a nine-month fling – are still in each other’s lives big-time.

“We speak probably 10 times a day,” she says of the Good Charlotte guitarist, 29, whose bandmate – and twin bro – Joel Madden has a baby with Paris’ BFF, Nicole Richie.

“He’s my best friend. So we’ll always be close.”

If that weren’t a big enough hint, Paris, 27, goes on to say that she hasn’t got eyes for any other guys:

“I care for [Benji] and we’ll see what happens in the future. I’m not seeing anyone [else]… I’m not interested in anyone.”

Meanwhile, the budding entrepreneur – who has been busy launching her new fragrance, Fairy Dust – reveals that she has taken a hard line against the prying eyes of ever-present paparazzi.

Paris and Benji in April – back when love was in bloom.

Paris and Benji in April – back when love was in bloom.

“They follow me all day long. But I moved into a gated community now,” says Paris.

“Before, they would literally be running up my driveway and taking pictures through my windows – could see everything in my house.

“Now I live in a gated community, so they usually just fly over in helicopters!”

To hear Paris dish more about her personal life and upcoming projects, click here.

Ron Lester: 350-Pound Loser – and Lovin’ It!

It’s been seven years since Varsity Blues star Ron Lester underwent the dramatic surgery that allowed him to shed 350 pounds – after leaving him dead on the operating table.

“This is what’s left after losing 348 pounds,” says Ron in his new BodyBuilding.com video.

“This is what’s left after losing 348 pounds,” says Ron in his new BodyBuilding.com video.

Now he’s back on BlogTalkRadio to update us on his progress, and let us know what’s next in his career.

Atop the list of questions from fans who’ve watched the actor’s new BodyBuilding.com video (and know that’s he’s already had 16 epidermis-tightening procedures) will no doubt be, “How do you plan to get rid of all that extra skin?”

But rest assured that World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen will cover that territory and more when Ron – who once tipped the scales at 508 pounds – appears live today at 4:30 p.m. ET.

After moving from his hometown of Kennesaw, Ga., to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s, Ron began his showbiz career a stand-up comic. His first acting role was in the 1997 flick Good Burger. Two years later, he landed a recurring role on the Judd Apatow-produced NBC comedy Freaks and Geeks.

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"But I still have a lot of skin to remove," laments the 38-year-old actor.

In 2001, Ron appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, parodying his role as the rotund Billy Bob in Varsity Blues. That same year, he underwent duodenal-switch surgery, and flatlined during the risky procedure.

Now the actor clocks in a healthy 160 pounds.

To hear Ron’s BlogTalkRadio interview today, click here.

For more on Ron, click here.

EXCLUSIVE: Famed movie-trailer voice’s widow to Hollywood: Give Don LaFontaine his rightful place on the Walk of Fame!

Despite being the greatest Tinseltown pitchman of all time, Don LaFontaine, who immortalized the phrase “in a world where…,” was denied a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and it has his widow seeing Technicolor red.

BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live!, Nita Whitaker tells host Brett Cohen

“Don wanted to be known as the small-town guy who made it good,” says Nita.

In an interview on BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live!, Nita Whitaker tells host Brett Cohen that she and her husband – who passed away Sept. 1 at the age of 68 – applied last year to have his name immortalized on the walk, but were told to hit the road.

“We got denied. I guess that’s par for the course,” she shrugs, while in the same breath vowing to right the snub.

“Now we’re really pushing to get a star,” says Nita. “We’re trying to gather as many people as possible to say, This should have happened. Why hasn’t this happened?

“We really want to push for that, not just for his legacy [but] for our children, so they can say, Wow, look at what my dad was able to accomplish.”

A sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, the Walk of Fame was designed by artist Oliver Weismuller in 1953 to give the movie capital of the world a “face lift.” Its first star was awarded in 1960, to actress Joanne Woodward.

Last year, Don posed in his home studio next to a look-alike Walk of Fame star given to him by Nita.

Last year, Don posed in his home studio next to a look-alike Walk of Fame star given to him by Nita.

The walk is currently embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of both human celebs and fictional characters honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry.

In order for a celeb to get a star on the walk, he or she must agree to attend a presentation ceremony within five years of selection, and pay a $25,000 fee to the Hollywood Historic Trust.

To hear more about Nita’s campaign to land Don a star, and her recollections of the voice-over great, click here.

Varsity Blues’ Ron Lester

STORY UPDATED Nov. 25, 2008 @ 5:35 pm ET: Ron Lester spoke with BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live! today, discussing his ongoing recovery from his 2001 weight-loss surgery, his new fitness regime and his upcoming role in a Judd Apatow comedy – in which he’ll be wearing a fat suit. To hear the interview, click here.

“The hard work of so many, sacrificed by the disrespect of few,” said Coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight, also a BlogTalkRadio guest) in 1999’s Varsity Blues. Today, Ron Lester, who portrayed linebacker Billy Bob, joins BlogTalkRadio for an exclusive interview.

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Comedian and Actor, Ron Lester, joins The War Zone tonight at 9pm ET. Lester, who won hearts the world over as the hard-drinking, gregarious big man who suffers greatly at the hands of his brutally demanding coach played by Voight.

Lester’s a whole different man now – and smaller too, having slimmed down from his former 508 pounds. Join them live tonight.

Varsity Blues’ Ron Lester

STORY UPDATED Nov. 25, 2008 @ 5:35 pm ET: Ron Lester spoke with BlogTalkRadio’s World Talk Live! today, discussing his ongoing recovery from his 2001 weight-loss surgery, his new fitness regime and his upcoming role in a Judd Apatow comedy – in which he’ll be wearing a fat suit. To hear the interview, click here.

“The hard work of so many, sacrificed by the disrespect of few,” said Coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight, also a BlogTalkRadio guest) in 1999’s Varsity Blues. Today, Ron Lester, who portrayed linebacker Billy Bob, joins BlogTalkRadio for an exclusive interview.

Lester

Comedian and Actor, Ron Lester, joins The War Zone tonight at 9pm ET. Lester, who won hearts the world over as the hard-drinking, gregarious big man who suffers greatly at the hands of his brutally demanding coach played by Voight.

Lester’s a whole different man now – and smaller too, having slimmed down from his former 508 pounds. Join them live tonight.